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How to Get Emergency Contraception
How much do emergency contraceptive pills cost?
The cost of emergency contraceptive pills ("morning after pills" or "day after pills") can vary a lot depending on where you get them, so be sure to call around and ask about costs up front. In the United States, there are different brands of EC available with different regulations and age restrictions, so it can be very confusing. Plan B One-Step is now available directly on the shelf (check the family planning aisle) to consumers of any age - you don't need to show ID. The generic one-pill products Next Choice One Dose and My Way will soon be available on the shelf too, but you'll need to be 17 or older to buy them; be sure to bring your ID. Levonorgestrel Tablets are still available only from the pharmacist, without a prescription if you are 17 or older or with prescription if you're 16 or younger.
EC costs anywhere from $35 to $60 at pharmacies. The generic pills (like Next Choice One Dose and Levonorgestrel Tablets) generally cost about 10-15% less than Plan B One-Step, but the makers of Plan B One-Step are currently offering a $10 coupon. To read a 2013 report from the American Society for Emergency Contraception on the price of EC in the US, click here.
ella may cost at least $50 at the pharmacy, but it is a prescription-only product and is often covered by insurance - be sure to call your insurance company to see if ella is covered. There is an online prescription service that you can use to purchase ella for $42, including next-day delivery. This service will transfer a prescription to your local pharmacy for a fee of $35 (and then you have to pay whatever that pharmacy charges for the pill).
The new health care law requires that insurance companies cover the full range of FDA-approved contraceptive methods without extra charges, like co-pays. But your plan may not cover every brand of EC, or over-the-counter products. The best way to find out of EC is covered under your plan is to call your insurance company. To learn more, click here.